Monday, February 16, 2015

What I’m Watching: Babylon (Season Finale)

Babylon: Season 1, Episode 6 (A-)

I so hope that this show returns for a second season, and I definitely plan to go back and watch the 90-minute pilot just to be able to spend more time watching this brilliant series. It’s such a smart and entertaining show, one that can move from witty banter to deadly serious drama in an instant. My favorite exchange from the episode was Finn calling Liz the “best thing to happen to London since the plague,” to which she responded by calling him a “dinosaur staring at monkeys sailing by on bikes with iPads.” It’s hard to find such intellectual insults on any other show, and it was fascinating to see the two of them working together by episode’s end, both agonizing about what to recommend for Charles to do. Liz switched sides as soon as she realized that Charles was actually impressive, and it’s worrisome to see just how eager she was to throw her previously championed candidate under the bus in such a brutal and unforgiving way. Matt’s attitude about the worthiness of his footage made it hard to find sympathy for him when Robbie, swayed by a tall strawberry milkshake, went full-on commando to get the footage back. Robbie and Banjo getting arrested in preparation for a full-scale police inquiry in the wake of the release of the footage by Charles via Liz and Finn was an intense signal of what’s to come, and I really want to see it. Ending with the three of them sitting at the table ready to address the masses was terrific, and I’m just itching for more. I want to get people to watch this show – it’s officially the series of 2015 that I’m championing as my recommendation.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: James Nesbitt (but really everybody)

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